- the art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts.
- literary work in metrical form; verse.
- prose with poetic qualities.
- poetic qualities however manifested: the poetry of simple acts and things.
- poetic spirit or feeling: The pianist played the prelude with poetry.
- something suggestive of or likened to poetry: the pure poetry of a beautiful view on a clear day.
Origin of poetry
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Related Wordsverse, paean, song, rhyme, poesy, stanza, rime, rune, versification, doggerel, balladry, rhyming
Examples from the Web for poetry
He campaigned and governed in poetry, and we are all the richer for it.President Cuomo Would’ve Been a Lion
January 2, 2015
Its essays, criticism, reportage, and poetry are not “product.”Facebook Prince Purges The New Republic: Inside the Destruction of a 100-Year-Old Magazine
December 5, 2014
Laskey, who earned a degree in psychology, enjoys painting and poetry.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture
November 22, 2014
Poetry would be too obvious, too ‘portrait of the artist as a young nuisance’.
He stammered, and read and wrote a lot of poetry (mostly in secret), an avocation he changed to photography for the novel.
It is only in poetry that Cupid is more powerful than either Mammon or Mars.
Many volumes of poetry put in their claim to immortality every year.
Of the poetry we could not judge, but the music was miserable.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
None of the poetry indeed by him cultivated was of any sort requiring study.
Neither science, philosophy, history, nor poetry held for him any interest.
- literature in metrical form; verse
- the art or craft of writing verse
- poetic qualities, spirit, or feeling in anything
- anything resembling poetry in rhythm, beauty, etc
Word Origin and History for poetry
late 14c., "poetry; a poem; ancient literature; poetical works, fables, or tales," from Old French poetrie (13c.), and perhaps directly from Medieval Latin poetria (c.650), from Latin poeta (see poet). In classical Latin, poetria meant "poetess."
... I decided not to tell lies in verse. Not to feign any emotion that I did not feel; not to pretend to believe in optimism or pessimism, or unreversible progress; not to say anything because it was popular, or generally accepted, or fashionable in intellectual circles, unless I myself believed it; and not to believe easily. [Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962), forward to "Selected Poems"]
Figurative use from 1660s. Old English had metergeweorc "verse," metercræft "art of versification." Modern English lacks a true verb form in this group of words, though poeticize (1804), poetize (1580s, from French poétiser), and poetrize (c.1600) have been tried. Poetry in motion (1826) perhaps is from poetry of motion (1813) "dance" (also poetry of the foot, 1660s).